10 Facts About Rendering

Courtesy of the National Renderers Association

1. Rendering is Recycling – Rendering is the cooking and drying of animal by-products that remain after removing the meat people eat.

2. A Secret no More – People use rendered products every day in soaps, paints, varnishes, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, shaving cream, deodorant, crayons, leather (i.e., handbags, car seats, furniture), lubricants, caulking compounds, candles, cleaners, paints, perfumes, polishes, rubber products, plastics, agricultural fertilizers, and even explosives. Most people just don’t realize it.

3. Good for Animal Health – Rendering produces fats and proteins that are important nutritional ingredients in food for animals used by consumers and farmers to feed their pets as well as livestock, poultry, and fish.

4. Recycling from Restaurants – Renderers pick up used restaurant fry grease and oil, then clean and recycle them into ingredients for animal feed as well as biodiesel and renewable diesel for cars, trucks, airplanes, and other diesel-powered equipment.

5. Rendering is Sustainable – Recycling of animal by-products sequesters at least five times as much greenhouse gas emissions as it emits. Rendering produces fewer emissions than landfilling or composting. Rendered products help animal agriculture and customer companies reduce their environmental footprint and become more sustainable. If all renderable products were landfilled, all available space would be full in four years and pose a public health threat.

6. Clean and Safe – The high temperatures used in rendering assure animal and consumer safety to protect against bacteria, viruses, and safety hazards.

7. Consumers have Confidence – Renderers comply with all federal, state, and local regulations and laws. They conduct hazard analyses, control food safety hazards, and use good manufacturing practices in their code of practice stewardship program. Renderers are ready to adhere to new rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

8. Volume In, Quality Out – Rendering is a high-volume, high-tech industry. Renderers collect 56 billion pounds of raw materials every year. They recycle these raw materials by cooking and drying them into 10 billion pounds of fats and greases, and 9 billion pounds of proteins each year. Meeting customer needs for quality is a top priority.

9. Skilled Workforce – Rendering plants are not labor intensive, but require highly trained workers who use technical controls to operate high-temperature cookers, centrifuges, and presses. Renderers have a low workforce turnover rate.

10. Lots of Trucks – The rendering industry transports 44 billion pounds of products mostly by truck. Renderers own and control some of the largest private trucking fleets in the country.